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Jon Hassell


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.08 | 6 ratings

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3 stars This album, Jon Hassell's second, shows the trumpeter on his way toward the trancelike synthesizer-treated sound he would master on his next album, a collaboration with Brian Eno.

Here, his band, and the music style is Caribbean/Latin influenced fusion. In much of it, you can hear many of the sounds that would spice up Hassell's later works. And the band, rooted by percussionist extrordinaire Nana Vasconcelos and bassist Miroslav Vitous, provide an excellent foundation for Hassell's breathy trumpet playing.

While the entire album is nice, the best track is the title track, Earthquake Island. While Hassell's trumpet is played through synthesizers on the whole album, only here do we get the mult-harmonized sound that became his trademark in the years to come.

This is a nice album, but nowhere near his best.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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